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Friends Of Thrive

Friends of Thrive is a nonprofit dedicated to midwifery services to under-served communities and low income families.

In 2015, the British National Health Service made significant recommendations that women with low risk pregnancies are advised to birth out of a hospital setting. As a nonprofit that supports a freestanding birth center in Santa Rosa, we enthusiastically agree. Friends of Thrive is a nonprofit dedicated to midwifery services to under-served communities and low income families. 

We believe that Thrive Birth Center, which is unique in that it is a Licensed Midwifery Birth Center staffed by midwives, practitioners and educators, is the future of maternity care, not only in California but the nation. Thrive offers safe, quality maternity care in a sanctuary like setting. Families who choose to birth at Thrive are diverse but their common thread is that they are well informed and looking for an experience that is safe and not within the hospital system. Thrive's statistics back up the UK's recommendations; Thrive families are indeed thriving and they have exceptional success at achieving low intervention births, vaginal birth after cesarean, and sustained breastfeeding relationships.

We formed Friends of Thrive because one problem remains. There is a gap between what birth costs and what many families can afford to pay for midwifery care. Through community outreach and fundraising, we raise money to provide grants to eligible families choosing to receive maternity care at Thrive Birth Center. In this way, we increase education about safe birth options, increase access to midwifery care and make it available to more families, and increase positive birth outcomes in underserved populations. Join us in helping make midwifery care accessible in Sonoma County!

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